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Cannot Delete Photos from iPhone/iPad iOS 13/12/11/10? Solved!

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Aaron Donald

August 8, 2017 (Updated: September 5, 2019)• Filed to: Transfer iPhone Media

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“Why I cannot delete photos from my iPad? There is no trash bin of some photos. How can I delete those photos from iPad?”

This is a common issue and the reason it happens is because those photos were added to your iPad through syncing. If you synced with iTunes to transfer the photos, you will have to connect your iPad to your computer and delete the photos through iTunes. If this sounds ridiculously inconvenient, you may be happy to know that there’s another way.

Cannot Delete Photos from iPad: How to Fix

Unfortunately, Apple’s official tools don’t give us a lot of control over our media, including photos. With third-party apps like iMyFone TunesMate, though, we can take back that control and delete or transfer photos however we want. TunesMate in particular is extremely easy to use and less buggy than iTunes.

  • Manage your photos easily with a simple interface.
  • Delete photos from Camera Roll and Photo Library for free.
  • Transfer photos to external hard drive as well as your computer.
  • Import your photos to iPad from your computer, camera, or other external sources.

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How to Fix When “You cannot Delete Some Photos from iPad”?

If you cannot delete iPad photos, just follow below to have a try.

Step 1: Download and install TunesMate onto your computer. Plug your iPad into your computer.
Step 2: Launch TunesMate. Click the Photos tab up at the top.
Step 3: Select which photos you want to delete by checking the box next to them. Click Delete at the top. Click Yes in the dialog box to confirm.
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After that, your selected photos will be deleted from your iPad without the need to go through iTunes. (If you need added privacy and would like to permanently delete them so that they will be unrecoverable, consider the iMyFone iPad Eraser application to delete your photos.)

Also read: Can’t Delete Photos from iPad? How to Fix?

Other Key Features of TunesMate

TunesMate has other important features that make it ideal for managing and transferring the data on your iPad:

  • Also freely transfer music, movies, playlists, podcasts, audiobooks, iTunes U, etc.
  • Transfer files to iPad without replacing the old library on iPad.
  • Transfer files that you didn’t necessarily purchase.
  • Share media with multiple devices, even ones with different Apple IDs.
  • Edit music info as you like: album artwork, play counts, ratings and other related data.
  • Transfer large amounts of files with just a few clicks.
  • An iPad can be synced to different iTunes libraries without erasing.


It can definitely be annoying when you can’t delete your own photos from your iPad, but there are ways around this problem. If you don’t want to use iTunes, you can simply use iMyFone TunesMate and you will have a lot of control over the contents of your iPad.


If you plan to sell your old iPad, please don’t forget to permanently wipe all data from your old device. Reset cannot make data unrecoverable, but you can use iMyFone Data Eraser to completely reset your iPad and make any data irrecoverable.

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